Hewlett-Packard this week announced a voluntary recall of roughly 70,000 Chinese made lithium ion batteries. The potentially defective batteries can be found on a number of both HP and Compaq branded notebooks. These include the following:
HP dv2000, dv2500, dv2700, dv6000, dv6500, dv6700, dv9000, dv9500, dv9700
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recalled batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. So far there have been two reports of overheating and ruptured batteries, which resulted in flames and property damage, but no injuries.
If you own one of the above models, it's not automatic that your battery has been recalled. Specific serial numbers apply, which you can view here. If your notebook is on the list, the CPSC advises that you remove the battery immediately and contact HP for a replacement.
There's still more than seven months left in 2009 for any last minute tech flops, but barring any amendments, Time has posted its list of what it views as the 10 biggest tech failures of the last decade. Compiled in no particular order, Time kicks off the list with Microsoft Vista, pointing out the OS's "underwhelming" user satisfaction and rocky start.
Gateway comes next for its fall from being the No. 3 PC maker (in terms of market share) in the US in 2004, to being acquired by Acer in 2007 for just $710 million.
HD-DVD makes its requisite appearance on the list (we're still bitter over that one), and somewhat surprisingly, YouTube makes an appearance as well based in large part on low estimated revenues.
View the full list here, then hit the jump and tell us what you'd change.
Graffiti goes high-tech in Alys Beach, Florida, a beach town that will host the second annual "Digital Graffiti" festival on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Artists from around the world will project their original works onto white walls, which will mark the world's first outdoor projection festival.
"Alys Beach is welcoming painters with open arms and white walls," wrote USA Today in 2008. "But with projectors and laptops rather than spray cans."
Last year saw submissions come in from as far away as Isreal, Austria, India, France, and several other global destinations. Over $6,500 in prizes were awarded, with Robert Seidel of Jena, Germany winning the 2008 'Best of Show' prize and accompanying $2,500 purse. This year, the festival is being sponsored by the Cinemin Swivel pico projector co-developed by WowWee Technologies and Texas Instruments DLP Technology.
If you're going to be in the area, tickets to attend run $15 for adults and $5 for under 12 admissions if purchased online ($20 and $5 on day of event).
Fujitsu this week laid a humdinger on Intel by unveiling the world's fastest CPU. The new chip is thought to be about 2.5 times faster than anything Intel has in its lineup, while also consuming two-thirds less power.
You can put any grandiose ideas of picking one up and setting new benchmarking records to rest, as the 'Venus' chip, or otherwise known as the SPARC64 VIIIfx, is designed for supercomputers. As such, Fujitsu claims the new CPU can process a mind boggling 128 billion computations per second, making Fujitsu the first Japanese firm in a decade to wear the raw CPU performance crown.
Built on a 45nm manufacturing process, Venus comes with eight cores and an integrated memory controller spread across two square centimeters. Fujitsu says it will take several years to come up with practical applications for the new chip, but that it could see use in pharmaceutical research, astronomy, weather prediction, scientific researching, and Folding@Home while running Crysis (we may have added the last two on our own).
Intel's Larrabee project might rank as one of the most anticipated technology releases in a long while, and it looks like we'll have to wait just a bit longer than originally thought. It was expected that Intel would launch its many-cored cGPU sometime in late 2009, however the chip maker is now saying it plans to launch Larrabee in 2010.
Not a whole lot of details are known about Larrabee, only that it's a x86-based discrete graphics solution built around the second generation Pentium processor technology with the P54C core. When Larrabee launches, it will come in several iterations, the lowest of which will comprise no less than 8 cores. On the higher end, look for at least 32 cores and a 2GHz or faster clockspeed.
While it all sounds impressive, Intel's Jospeh Schultz did say that it would be a "big challenge" to compete with products from Nvidia and AMD.
Turning the tables on Hollywood movie studios, RealNetworks, the makers of RealDVD, has fired off a lawsuit at six major studios and the DVD Copy Control Association. The software maker contends that the studios and association are in violation of copyright law by colluding to stop consumers from making "fair use" copies of legally purchased DVDs.
"The conduct described in the claims that RealNetworks seeks leave to assert reflects a concerted and unlawful effort on the part of the Studio Defendants and the DVD CCA to eliminate competition from RealNetworks in the market for technology that enables a consumer to make a lawful, secure backup copy of DVDs that she owns," RealNetworks wrote in its filing.
RealNetworks had already filed a countersuit against the DVD CCA, and the amendment adds several major movie studios to the complaint. In the complaint, RealNetworks asks for an injunction against the industry's anticompetitive activity, as well as monetary damages for lost business, The New York Times reports.
Shooting people in the head for a living comes with quite a suite of occupational hazards (people trying to murder you quickly comes to mind), but luckily, Valve takes great care of its employees. This time around, as part of its Sniper update blowout, Valve hasn’t quite given the Sniper eyes in the back of his head, but don’t think the developer doesn’t have their favorite sociopath’s back. With his brand new tribal shield that’s apparently older than “recorded time,” the Sniper won’t ever have to worry about pesky backstabbing Spies again.
Well, until the priceless heirloom takes one – and only one – for the team and explodes into itty-bitty pieces, that is. Fortunately, Valve’s expert squad of fun-gineers has a backup plan.
“All the tribal craftsmanship in the world, it turns out, cannot stop a modern butter knife. So we taped a car battery to it. Sure, the added weight of the redesigned Razorback’ll slow you down a little. But any poor sap dumb enough to backstab you while you’re sporting one is getting a surprise to the tune of 10,000 volts. Plus, if they want to stab you again, they’ll have to wait until their knife cools down. Which is lucky for you, since the Razorback collapses into a million finely crafted pieces after a single stab,” reads the Team Fortress 2 blog.
Also coming in the Sniper update is a new mode called Payload Race. The mode, described as “Gladiatorial Cart Combat,” sees both sides attempting to push a cart into enemy territory, while also keeping each other’s carts off their respective lawns. And, on top of that, if you end up too dead to continue pushing your cart, it hurdles back downhill. Them’s the breaks, you might say – until you realize that the cart doesn’t have any. Then you’ll just say some other, less publically acceptable words.
In what lawmakers contend was nothing more than a modern day brothel, Craigslist has decided to pull its "erotic services" ads out from the site.
"As of Wednesday, for all U.S. Craigslist sites, postings to the erotic-services category will no longer be accepted," Craigslist said in a statement. "In seven days, the category will be removed. Also effective today for all U.S. sites, a new category entitled 'adult services' will be opened for postings by legal adult service providers."
But before you think this amounts to nothing more than a name change, the classified site went on to say that all postings to the new 'adult services' section will be manually reviewed before going live. The new style posts will run $10, and then reduced to $5 for reposting once approved.
Craiglist's decision to alter its adult section came after the company's attorneys met with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as well as attorneys general of Connecticut and Missouri.
Forget about all-in-one PCs, how about an all-in-one keyboard? That's exactly what Asus was showing off during CES earlier this year, and it looks like the 2-pound Eee Keyboard PC will start shipping before July, says Engadget Chinese.
FInal specs might still change between now and when it releases, but as it stands, the Eee Keyboard will come with an Intel Atom N270 processor (1.6GHz, 533MHz frontside bus, 512KB L2 cache), a 32GB SSD, 1GB of RAM, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, stereo speakers, and a diminutive 5-inch 800x480 touchscreen display/trackpad combo.
Toshiba to Asus: 'Suck it!' Toshiba didn't actually say that, but it has beat Asus to market with the world's first laptop to stuff a 512GB SSD into the spec sheet.
"The new, Toshiba-developed 512GB SSD employs a 2-bit-per-cell multi-level NAND flash memory to realize, the world's largest capacity SSD, with four times the density of SSD integrated into currently available products," Toshiba wrote in a press release. "Furthermore, a new controller that realizes high-speed parallel processing with the multi-level NAND flash memory boosts data access speeds by approximately 230 percent for read (max. 230MB per sec) and 450percent for write (max.180MB per sec), compared with SSD integrated into current PCs."
In addition to the sizable SSD, Toshiba's Dynabook SS-RX2 sports a 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) screen, a Core 2 Duo processor, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 3GB of DDR2-667 memory, a DVD burner, Bluetooth, and up to 12 hours of use on a single battery charge.
Right now it's only available in Japan for what amounts to $4,500 USD. Ouch.